Men's Golf Finishes Second at ECAC Division III Championships

Men's Golf Finishes Second at ECAC Division III Championships
FARMINGTON, CT-For the second day in a row, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's golf team shot their best score in two years.

Sunday, their team score of 306 on the second and final day of action placed them second overall in a 14-team field at the two-day Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Championships, which concluded Sunday at the par-72 Tunxis Plantation Golf Course. The score was UMD's lowest total since they shot a 305 on the first day of the ECAC Division III Championships October 6, 2007 at the Chicopee Country Club.

The Corsairs finished second behind Endicott, which shot 300 for a total of 609 and won the tournament by six strokes. Johnson & Wales, which started the day in a three-way tie with the Corsairs and the Gulls, shot a second day score of 610 and finished third at 617.

Individually, junior Matt Munden (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS), who was playing in his first collegiate tournament, shot an even-par 72 and finished with a 36-hole score of 151, tying for seventh place to lead the Corsairs. Sophomore Nick Jagoe (Westport, MA/Westport HS), junior Scott Woodacre (Westborough, MA/Westborough HS) and freshman Conor O'Malley (Holliston, MA/Holliston HS) each shot a 78. Jagoe and Woodacre finished with two-day totals of 154, and tied for 12th, while O'Malley finished at 164 and tied for 39th. Senior Rob Leaver (Lakeville, MA/Apponequet HS) shot an 82 and finished at 160, tying for 26th.

"Our team played great," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Joel Baptista. "We gave some strokes back on the first two par threes, but we showed a lot of resilience and perseverance on the back nine. We made some birdies and got right back into the tournament. A runner-up finish for a team with the youth and inexperience that we have is a good confidence builder. Matt Munden was exceptional today. He really came through in the clutch in his first collegiate tournament. It was nice to see Conor shoot the score that he did. That will boost his confidence, and good things will follow for him as well."

The Corsairs will return to action at the Rhode Island College Invitational Friday.